While my husband wanted to avoid gender-typing our daughter before she has even exited my womb, he is a good sport and has let me splash the nursery with bits of pink here and there. (Wait, I heard “real men wear pink,” or some other saying like that.)
I wanted to make our daughter her own stuffed animal, and a flamingo seemed so fitting. I loved flamingos in elementary school, and they seem like such whimsical, fun creatures to feature as part of a nursery.
I started designing a flamingo plushie in the style of my other original creations; however, my original design was “put on the back-burner” when I came across Vanessa Mooncie’s flamingo pattern from her book Crocheted Wild Animals, which I purchased from Amazon. She is larger than the average plushie, and I knew I had to make her!
The overall directions are fairly straightforward, but there are portions that are a bit more involved and complicated, especially when constructing the feathers. There were also portions of the directions that (I feel) could have been written with more clarity, and other sections seemed to have editing errors because simple directions were omitted (such as turning at the beginning/end of a row).
I tried Googling some tips on the pattern when I got stumped (to no avail), so I thought I would share insight into the specific directions that I struggled with, and also provide a few pointers.
- In round 16 of the head (“Divide for Beak”), you are basically cutting the head in half so that half of the stitches will form a circle for the beak, and the other half will start forming the rows for the neck. When the directions state “sc in next 12, turn and work 1 sc in the opposite 12 sc,” that means the two sections of 12 sc together will equal 24 stitches. It is almost as if you are re-joining in the middle of the head to divide the two sides into the beak portion and the neck portion.
- Upper legs: When the directions at the end state to “work 1 sc in each st until upper leg measures 6.5 in. excluding knees, I crocheted up to 46 rounds to equal that length.
- For the lower legs, the last directions similarly state to continue working until the lower leg measures 8 inches, which was 45 rounds for me.
- When working the entirety of the feathers, you will want to turn your work at the end of each row. For some reason, the book does not state this which confused me more than it probably should have.
- Instead of making the eyes out of french knots, I fastened 10mm safety eyes through the eyes patches and onto to the head before proceeding to sew the eyes or neck closed.
If you came across this page after being stumped by this pattern, good luck! Hopefully I was able to assist! Happy crocheting.
I think of Alice in Wonderland when holding her.